Corcoran ‘Helios’ exhibition: design photos online

For those of us who were unable to visit the major Muybridge exhibition at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington last year, there are several photographs on the website of Reich+Petch, giving a good idea of the aesthetic of the exhibition’s design. This is from their website:

“Corcoran Gallery of Art: Helios – Eadweard Muybridge in a Time of Change (Travelling Exhibit)

A key design challenge was conveying the significance of Eadweard Muybridge’s visionary ideas to a contemporary audience that is technologically sophisticated. Muybridge was ahead of his time. The visual language established from the earliest meeting with the Gallery was to present his art in a way that dispensed with traditional Victorian vernacular. The resulting design is intentionally devoid of excess.
Client / Corcoran Gallery of Art
Location / Washington, D.C. (travelling)
Size / 9,000 square feet
Scope / Exhibit Design, Graphic Design

Reich+Petch is a multi-disciplinary design group with over 25 years experience. The hallmark of our work and our brand is “experience design” and we are firmly rooted in the importance of the visitor experience. We are inspired by opportunities that allow us to create meaningful and engaging environments that excite the senses and make an emotional connection.

Reich+Petch is a design collaborative including exhibit designers, interior designers, graphic designers and industrial designers as well as architects, technologists, facility planners, and project managers. We have worked in over 20 countries, have appeared in numerous publications and have won many awards. Reich + Petch have created signature projects that have come to define the very clients we work for.”

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More about Muybridge at The Horse Hospital

Marek Pytel has been very active in Muybridge-related activities these past couple of years, animating zoopraxiscope discs and animal locomotion plates with great technical skill, combined with real insight into what Muybridge was doing. Now Marek’s initiative in staging the exhibition Muybridge’s Revolver provides an opportunity not only to view original plates from Animal Locomotion, rather than reproductions in books and on the web, but also perhaps to take the opportunity to buy one if you can’t bear to leave without it. Taking advantage of a tranche of plates recently made available by a collector, Marek has adorned the walls of The Horse Hospital – what venue could be more appropriate? – with a great selection, some of which are for sale. There are yet more being offered in the exhibition’s catalogue, which can be seen at the exhibition.

The revolver is of course the Smith and Wesson that Muybridge used to shoot dead his wife’s lover, Harry Larkyns, and a replica of a similar pistol together with a portrait of the old photographer form the exhibition’s centrepiece.

I was very pleased to be asked to lead a discussion in the exhibition space last week, with a small (but beautifully formed) group of participants. The Horse Hospital is very close to Russell Square tube station, and worth a visit just to see the interesting space. But there’s much more than that….

27th Sept 7:30pm FREE: Screening of Thom Andersen’s Eadweard Muybridge Zoopraxographer.

On the evening of 2nd October: Live performance from sound archeologist Aleksander Kolkowski accompanied by Marek Pytel’s film Eadweard Muybridge (£7.50).

2 Herbrand Street, Bloomsbury, WC1N 1HX

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Animal Locomotion at USC

Animal Locomotion, the collection of 781 collotype plates of Eadweard Muybridge’s photographic work at the University of Pennsylvania first published in 1887 has achieved significant exposure during the past year or so, with the various major exhibitions, smaller displays such as Muybridge’s Revolver (more about that soon), and publication of the huge Taschen book.

There has been a growing presence on the web, too. The University of Southern California has a large number – around 700 – accessible to view as complete plates, or individual images. Animations of each sequence may be seen too. Where the plate comprises more than one sequence; that is, two actions, or one action photographed from different angles, each part is animated separately (just scroll down the individual pictures at left to find the animations). This is any easy way to view the subjects in motion, and the largest collection of such animations on the web – though it’s worth remembering that Muybridge’s audiences didn’t see these photographic images in this way. Although the plates are not in any particular order, the search box will find what you are looking for: e.g. Muybridge cricket. A very useful addition to web-based Muybridge work.

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The Horse in Motion – Abe Edgington boudoir print at auction

A rare example of one of the six boudoir prints entitled The Horse in Motion, published in 1878 in San Francisco by the Morse Gallery, is to be auctioned online by Be.Hold – ending 22 September.  From the online auction catalogue for the ‘Collectors’ Joy’ sale:

‘It shows 6 images of  Leland Stanford’s “Abe Edgington.”  There is extensive text on the recto and verso about Muybridge’s work with the “Electro-Photographic Apparatus” as well as advertising of his awards. He announces “Arrangements made for Photographing and Recording the action of Animals in motion, in any part of the World.” This is a rare object. It is in fine undamaged condition, with only the slightest sign of aging.’

Suggested bid at present: 1,100 dollars.

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Palo Alto: 3D Inertial Motion Capture of Horse in Motion

The old man would have liked this, and on his home turf too – just 133 years or so since he captured stereoscopic sequence images of a horse in free motion. (Not 2D, as stated in this article.)

From: Computer Graphics World

‘Xsens, Rothschild Fund Achieve 3D Inertial Motion Capture of Horse in Motion
Category: News
Palo Alto, Calif. – Xsens, a supplier of 3D motion tracking systems, and the Rothschild Fund have accomplished what is being called the world’s first 3D inertial motion capture of a free-moving horse.

The joint project of Xsens and the Rothschild Fund was completed using an advanced prototype system developed by Xsens to enable 3D motion capture of equine locomotion in real-world conditions. The system employs inertial sensors located on the horse’s body and GPS to trackfull-body motion in any environment, indoors and outdoors, allowing the horse’s innate, voluntary movements to be recorded and viewed on a standard PC in real-time.

Xsens’ R&D Team accepted the challenge of developing the prototype, an inertial motion capture system for horses, as an inspiring and out-of-the box project. The aim was to push the boundaries of its MVN inertial motion capture technology, requiring integration with GPS position and velocity tracking, a more complex biomechanical model, and higher motion dynamics.

“We loved the challenge of pushing our technology beyond the state-of-art and to be part of the great ambition of the Rothschild Fund. They provided the equine biomechanical models, equine knowledge, and the horses, so we could focus on the challenge in the sensor fusion,” Henk Luinge (PhD), research manager at Xsens, explains.

Members of Xsens’ R&D Team and the Rothschild Fund performed the world’s-first 3D inertial motion capture of a horse’s gallop in Woodside, Calif. The location is less than 15 kilometers from the site of Leland Stanford’s Palo Alto racetrack where the famous photographer, Eadweard Muybridge, recorded the world’s-first 2D photographic motion capture of a horse’s trot 130 years ago.

“Study of equine locomotion for the past century has remained predominantly laboratory experimentation, in which horses are confined in a controlled environment with stationary cameras,” explains Chris Hart (PhD), a research associate of the Rothschild Fund. “Our goal was to capture the horse’s motions, without capturing the horse.  Remarkably, Xsens, the one company capable of the technical innovation, was also the one company that shared our interest in free-moving horses.”

The “MVN Equine” prototype will be used by the Rothschild Fund to further current understanding of horses and was recently presented to peers at the International Society of Biomechanics Equine SIG in Brussels, July 2011. The technology could also potentially be used to animate equine computer characters for visual effects in a large film production without the need to bring horses into a motion-capture studio.’

More on this, in relation to historical precedents, soon.

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